Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wednesdays with Wayne – Double Wins at Lebanon Spark Northwest Tour
by Bill Wright, Wayne Johnson Racing
LEBANON, Ore. -- Wayne Johnson swept last week’s action with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. He took both nights on Friday and Saturday, and heads into this week with some momentum. The series will hit Banks, Oregon on Thursday night, before tackling Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Washington on Friday and Saturday.
Things started Friday night with the prelim at Lebanon. The facility has been reconstructed since Wayne’s last visit in 2009. “It is a completely different racetrack then when we were there three years ago,” he says. “It is beautiful. It’s a completely different place. It reminds me of Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri). I think they’ve only run two or three shows there.”
A bad draw saw Wayne start outside row four of his heat, but he would claim a redraw position for the feature after climbing to fourth. “It was a loaded heat,” he says. “The car was working really well. We were able to get by Gary Wright and (Seth) Bergman. Then we drew the four for the feature.”
The Knoxville, Iowa driver worked the Wayne Johnson Racing #77x methodically towards the front to take the win. “We just kind of rode around there for a while,” he says. “I bided my time, and ended up getting to Roger Crockett in traffic. We were able to get by him, and won that deal. Our car was awesome all week.”
Having locked into Saturday’s finale, Wayne watched the racetrack to make preparations. Soon he found himself in the runner-up position, chasing down another leader. “We drew the four again,” he says. “We rolled around in third for a while, before we finally got into second. We were chasing Travis (Rilat). We were catching him a little bit at a time, but I didn’t know if I was going to have enough or not.”
Wayne caught a break and capitalized to take the point. “A couple cars got together, and that got me to (Rilat),” he says. “That was with five or six laps to go. I didn’t want to do anything with him yet. The way the track was, I knew if I passed him, he would just slide me back. I wanted to wait until the end of the race to do it. On the white flag lap, I slid him and cleared him by a mile. He ended up hitting the fence and the caution came out.”
The yellow flag period put Wayne’s chief ASCS rival on his tail, but he would pull away for his sixth series’ win of the year. “It was green, white, checker with Jason (Johnson) on my bumper,” he says. “I just drove away at the end they said.”
Last Wednesday, Wayne ran tenth at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana. “We started 17th and we were up to fourth,” he says. “Then the track took rubber, and I was way too tight. I ended up dropping back to tenth. It was pretty uneventful. We just went on to the next one.”
Tomorrow night, ASCS hits the Sunset Speedway in Banks for the first time ever before heading to Elma. “We’ve never been to Banks,” says Wayne. “I hear it is really small. Of course, we love to go to Elma. There are a lot of good people up there.”
Wayne is being treated well while in Oregon. “Belinda Thompson was great to help us here and give us a place to stay at the Village Green in Cottage Grove,” he says.
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